ONAP Releases First Project Code from Open-Source Networking Effort

Just over a month ago, the Linux Foundation announced the merger of the ECMOP and Open-O projects to form the new Open Network Automation Project (ONAP). At the ONS 2017 event today, ONAP is now releasing its first code.

The ECOMP project was all based on code developed and used by AT&T. ECOMP, which is an acronym for Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy, was only a standalone Linux Foundation project for a few short weeks before merging with Open-O.

Arpit Joshipura, general manager of networking and orchestration at the Linux Foundation, noted that ONAP code is also a merger of OPEN-O and ECOMP code. 

“Things like Tosca modelling, VNF SDK, virtual function controller and more from OPEN-O are part of ONAP, and the remaining areas are from ECOMP’s code,” Joshipura told EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet.

Though the project is still fairly new, it already enjoys the support of many big name organizations, including AT&T, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, IBM, Nokia, Orange, VMware, China Telecom, China Mobile, ZTE Ciena, Microsoft and Wind River.

While the first official code drop was made today, it’s still too early for some form of certification. That said, Joshipura noted that as part of ONAP, there are VNF guidelines that will serve as a basis for onboarding. 

From a release cadence perspective, there is no official date yet for when the next ONAP release will be out, though there is a plan for a regular release cycle.

“The technical steering committee is looking at a CI/CD model of agile development with code releases every 4-6 months,” Joshipura said.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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